Leon Edwards has joined Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson in the “uninterested in combating Khamzat Chimaev” camp, and Edwards is not much too keen on preventing Thompson, both.
Leon Edwards has been open about his shorter-expression target for a even though now: combating for the world title ASAP. Given the reality that Edwards is currently using an 8-struggle successful streak, the longest in the division aside from reigning winner Kamaru Usman, Edwards believes that he should be no much more than just one combat away from a title shot and that this 1 combat will will need to be against anyone rated greater and much more related than Stephen Thompson is at the instant.
“As far as Wonderboy, he acquired knocked out like a fight ago,” Edwards reported. “[Anthony] Pettis knocked him out 1 struggle back. If I go out there proper now and I combat Wonderboy and I defeat Wonderboy the UFC will be like ‘let’s go just one extra in the top rated-5 and then we’ll go for a title.’ They would not give me a title shot straight absent.
“For me to get to the earth title, which is my purpose and my dream, is to conquer 1 of people best-4 [guys]. I have to fight someone in the leading-four to get my title shot.
“I’ve finished all the Wonderboy fights,” Edwards ongoing. “I’ve been there, completed it. I’m on an eight-combat earn streak now. I never will need to go struggle somebody like Wonderboy. He does almost nothing for my job.
“He’s coming down, I’m likely up. If he gets a single or two far more wins, then I’ll think about it.
A person opponent whom Edwards now does not have on his radar whatsoever is a person also rumored to be a prospective subsequent opponent for him, undefeated phenom Khamzat Chimaev.
“As much as Chimaev, he’s only had what 1 battle at welterweight in opposition to a lightweight man?” Edwards explained. “It’s challenging to choose from that. When he’s calling me out, I don’t really pay back interest. It is what it is. I really don’t truly pay attention way too significantly.”
Leon Edwards hasn’t competed since July 2019 in a primary-occasion victory around Rafael dos Anjos. Thompson also has been out for a when, with his previous struggle currently being in November of past 12 months. Both males feel content material on continuing to hold out for the combat that fits them finest, as Khamzat Chimaev continues to be hungry to wolf down a different foe to feed his insatiable urge for food for violence.
What do you make on Leon Edwards’ reasoning for getting uninterested in combating Stephen Thompson or Khamzat Chimaev?